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Sunday, March 19, 2006

Trojan capturing mouse clicks?

In the ever evolving world of malware development, some wise ass developed a new trojan that is not only capturing what you type, but also where you click. I know that some financial institutions use onscreen keyboards to protect themselves against keyloggers, but with this new kind of trojan, the security offered by a virtual keyboard is pretty worthless.

"Security researchers have discovered a keylogging Trojan that captures mouse clicks as well as key strokes. PWSteal-Bancos-Q targets customers of online banking and financial institutions primarily in Brazil. However Australian anti-virus firm PC Tools warns that variants could be created to affect additional online financial sites worldwide. As well as capturing user keystrokes, PWSteal-Bancos-Q also takes snapshots of the users' mouse clicks and then sends the captured information via file transfer protocol (FTP) to the Trojan's author."

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  • I've never used one of the online keyboards you are talking about but I can imagine what it is. I think a good fix would be to have the keys appear in random places each time you log in. That way no two times you log in would you click in the same spot.

    By Blogger Poppso, at 7:58 AM  

  • Mouse clicks...pretty cool.Viruses have become so rare for me that I don't even bother,firewall armed,virus shield in place,nothing ever really happens.

    By Blogger Azhar, at 10:20 AM  

  • i doubt this really exist, or at least not in the manner the author is portraying here.
    think about how that whould have to be captured, with different screen resolutions, everyone put their windows in different postions, different browsers... and then send FTP ? FTP to an address that law enforcement can wait and watch?

    overall, this scenario seems quite unlikely to me.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 3:53 PM  

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